Plotting In My Sleep

On Writing: Thank goodness for sleep, because it has solved more than a few of my problems. My plotting problems, that is. Often, if I go to sleep thinking about a scene, I will wake up during the night or in the morning with a pretty solid idea. I have learned the hard way though, when it happens in the middle of the night, I must get up and write down a few notes or it will be gone by morning. And that is a sad thing to wake up to. No matter how much I try to search my brain the next day, if I don’t write it down…forgetaboutit. I also get LOTS of creative ideas in the shower. Apparently, this is not unusual. I’ve said this before, but I wish I could plot creatively while exercising or vacuuming, but I need music for those but prefer quiet for creativity.

I mention this because I got an idea for one of the scenes I’m adding while I slept last night. I woke up at 3 a.m. and had a scene playing in my head, so I got out of bed, wrote a few notes, and went back to bed. I came up with a little more in the shower this morning, before heading off to a vet appointment for the Belladog. I’ll start typing up the scene next and I’m pretty excited to see if it works. It involves handcuffs. No, I see where your mind is heading. Not that kind of handcuff scene. I saved that for the end of the book 😉

Where do you get your most creative thinking done? Do you prefer music or quiet when plotting/writing? And if you get stuck, do you have a “go to” place or thing you do to help you get unstuck? Today’s theme song: Billy Joel’s River of Dreams.